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Those were the words of Irina, one of five Israelis whom we immersed in water last Friday. She shared, as we were singing and worshipping on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea that she looked up and noticed the clouds…and then, she saw Yeshua emerging from the clouds! Moments later she was immersed in water. (If you wondering if water immersion is ‘Jewish’, click here!)

Irina coming up from the water

Irina coming up from the water

Emma, another Israeli, was very concerned because she had been declared clinically dead a few years ago. Doctors told her that she should not be fully submerged in water for a long time (actually none of us should!). However once she had waded into the Med, escorted by one of other pastors, Moti and myself, she said she felt fire, not water. When she came up from the water she was glowing. I gave her a ride home and she was in tears most of the way—tears of joy.

Emma, just before going into the fiery waters of immersion.

Emma, just before going into the fiery waters of immersion.

Barak came to faith through a couple that has started coming to our congregation that work with Jews for Jesus in Tel Aviv. As soon as we finished praying for him, as we were about to immerse him, a wave came and immersed us all. It seemed like Yeshua Himself wanted to immerse Barak. Later that evening at the congregation, he asked if I could serve him the Lord’s supper for the first time.

Barak (with me, Moti and Uziel) just before we all got immersed by a wave!

Barak (with me, Moti and Uziel) just before we all got immersed by a wave!

Leah started coming with her friend Yosi in February. They have both just finished a 12-week New Believers course with one of our young couples. Both of them were visibly touched by the Holy Spirit as they were immersed. Leah is unashamed of the gospel and has already led some of her friends to Yeshua.


Yosi celebrating after being immersed.

Yosi celebrating after being immersed.

Leah rejoicing as she exits the sea.

Leah rejoicing as she exits the sea.

The congregation was so blessed that evening at our weekly service to see pictures of the immersion and hear the testimonies of those freshly immersed. After the service, we had fellowship meal to celebrate the Feast of tabernacles. A group from the U.S. came to our congregation on Tuesday and decorated our fellowship hall, so that it appeared to be a giant Sukka. (Thank you First Assembly of Rochester, MI)

So grateful to the team from First Assembly of Rochester, Mich. that decorated our fellowship hall.

So grateful to the team from First Assembly of Rochester, Mich. that decorated our fellowship hall.

I can honestly say that Friday was one of the best days I have ever had here in my 10 years 2 months and 28 days of living in Israel!

*Some of the names of have been changes to protect identities.


Full video from ‘Israeli NIght’ at the MJAA’s ‘Messiah Conference.  I was honored to share the main message, which I called: ‘The First Messianics’. Enjoy the entire service, or fast forward to me towards the end.


Ron Interviews His IDF Daughter (Maoz Podcast – Bonus Video) from maozisrael on Vimeo.

Each week, I’m proud to host the “Maoz Israel Report Podcast”.

This week’s episode celebrates my family’s 10 year aliyah anniversary, marking a decade since I, my wife and our 3 daughters immigrated to Israel!

The podcast features an interview with my youngest daughter who is currently serving in the Israeli Defense Forces. It was filmed in the Golan Heights.

This video version allows you to watch the interview. But to hear the entire podcast including my conversation with my wife Elana, you can:


10 years ago today, we moved to Israel! On this special edition, my co-host is my wife Elana!  We discuss what it was like moving to Israel, from America, a decade ago.

And, in the interview segment, I talk with my youngest daughter, Danielle, who is currently serving in the Israeli Defense Forces.  I traveled up to the Golan Heights where Danielle is serving, to interview her. (Watch Video of the interview)

We know you’ll love this very special show, hearing first-hand, what it’s like to be a part of prophecy being fulfilled, as God calls the Jewish people back to Israel from all over the world!

Enjoy!  Subscribe to the Maoz Podcast on iTunes

Show Notes:


Watch video of the interview with Ron and his daughter

Order the music heard at the end of this week’s episode


[note: I met Michel a year ago. Without telling his story, I was so bless to find out that my book, written primarily for Gentile believers, was the final straw that brought him to faith. I asked him to write his story. You will be blessed.]

y name is Michel Gutman. I’m 47, born and raised a Jew (both parents Jewish) in Great Neck, NY. My mother is Israeli, from Hod Hasharon in central Israel. She moved back to Israel 25 years ago after my parents split, and she currently resides in Tel Aviv. I spent every summer of my childhood at my grandparent’s house in Hod Hasharon, and I speak fluent Hebrew. There is one thing that I have always known – I was born a Jew, and I will die a Jew.

Because my mother is Israeli, I have always had dual citizenship – an American passport as well as an Israeli one. In 2009, I moved to Israel, where I lived for several months, before coming back to the US. The time just wasn’t right. I moved to Arkansas, but I believe I will eventually come back “home” to Israel. Continue Reading…